“Bargains & Splurges” – Beauty Edition

Hello Lovelies!

Fall is upon us, though living in Guam is an endless summer in flip flops! I do miss the rush of looking for the perfect sweater dress and boots! So, in lieu of doing a “Best Fall Fashion” post like I’ve done before, I present my favorite Beauty Bargains and Splurges!

I chose to review the basic three we usually use: Foundation, Lipstick, and Mascara.

You know the saying, “you get what you paid for?” I think that couldn’t be more true when it comes to beauty products. I’m sure you’ve tried a number of products over the years and it can take quite awhile to find what works. So, I’ll break down what has worked for me.

  1. BEST FOUNDATION: 

 Bargain – L’oreal True Match

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Hands down, True Match is one of the best drugstore brands out there. Priced at $8-10 a bottle, this gentle and lightweight foundation comes in several shades that lives up to its name, True Match. It never looks “cakey,” and has pretty good staying power throughout the day.

 Splurge- Younique Touch Mineral Foundation

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Initially, I bought this as a “going out/special occasion” makeup, but once I put it on, I am wearing it nearly every time I wear makeup! I have never felt anything so light and velvety before. It’s gentle on my skin, moisturizes, and doesn’t get greasy looking after a day in the Guam climate. Yes, it’s more pricey ($39), but since it doesn’t irritate or change color over the day, I am in love.

Runner Up: Clinique Chubby Stick Foundation 

2. LIPSTICK/GLOSSES

Bargain – NYX Butter Lipstick

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Priced at just $6 a tube, this lipstick is surprisingly lasting and has a nice shine, but not too shiny. I would say that it does feel “like butter” on my lips and I like that it doesn’t dry out my lips, like many lipsticks tend to do. Lots of colors to choose from!

Splurge: (tie) Clinique Chubby Stick & Pure Romance Obsession Lipgloss

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I’ve been a big fan of the Clinique line for quite awhile now, especially since I love the Chubby Stick Foundation, and I love the Chubby Stick for lips even more. The fact that it comes in a “crayon” keeps it from melting down like sometimes lipsticks can do in tubes. The color makes my lips moisturized and includes my favorite rose color – Bountiful Blush. Great for an everyday look or going out! (Retails $17).

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Pure Romance is a company which specializes in beauty, bath, and bedroom accessories (and I am a consultant!) and to be honest, I wasn’t that excited about the lip gloss at first. But when I got it as a free gift, my tune changed! I’m normally not a gloss girl, but Obsessed is NOT sticky, too shiny, and it being formulated from bees’ wax makes me lips super soft! I wear it all the time, and fits great in my purse! In four colors – Charm, Crush, Groove (my fav!) and Captive. (Retails $18-20) Grab your Obsessed here: https://www.pureromance.com/melanierobinson187802

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Wearing my fav color – Crush!

3. MASCARA.

Who doesn’t love mascara? Even if you’re not a big fan of wearing makeup, somehow just adding mascara adds enough to wake up your face.

Bargain – L’Oreal Butterfly Intenza

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Finally, I found a mascara that lengthens, thickens, and doesn’t give me a clumpy look! Plus it’s pretty easy to remove at night. Butterfly Intenza’s wand gets the baby lashes, and doesn’t dry out the lashes, either. Priced at $7, you can’t beat that!

Honestly, I don’t use any higher end mascaras! Are there any you like?

What are YOUR picks for best foundation/lipstick/mascara? Please comment:)

Until next time -love, laughter, and shoes!

xo, Melanie.

 

 

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Time for a Makeover: Body, Mind, and Hair!

Hello Lovelies!

I’ve been quiet on the blog lately, mostly because I’ve been busy making myself and my life over! 

You know when you get the feeling that something needs to change? I’d been feeling a bit stressed lately, and as a result my rosacea flared up. Ugh! Nothing I tried was helping to keep the redness and the little breakouts down…until my friend Lisa turned me on to Rodan & Fields. 

The curse of the Irish, rosacea!

The curse of the Irish, rosacea!

Lisa suggested the Soothe regimen, which included a mild cleanser, treatment lotion, moisturizer, and a gentle SPF. After about two weeks, the rosacea has calmed WAY down. Plus, my skin is super glowy and soft! Rodan & Fields also has skin regimens for acne and anti aging. THESE PRODUCTS ARE WORTH EVERY PENNY!

No makeup, and NO PHOTO TOUCH UP. My skin looks so much better!

No makeup, and NO PHOTO TOUCH UP. My skin looks so much better!

I also decided to get a better makeup to keep my complexion looking fantastic, so I bought the Bare Minerals starter kit. I’ve got primer, the mineral foundation, a warming bronzer, and the finishing Mineral Veil. Here I am with just the foundation & bronzer, then a full makeup look:

With the Bare Minerals products on.

With the Bare Minerals products on.

My "done" look. Love the glow!

My “done” look. Love the glow!

ANNNND….I decided it was time to tackle my weight. I’m in my 40s dealing with back issues, and it’s not going to get any better if I don’t take better care of myself. So, I started changing my diet and made exercise a priority. After about three weeks, I am 6.5 lbs down with 3.5 inches off my bod! 

A great workout day!

A great workout day!

THEN… I had to change the hair, of course! So I went to my favorite color, purple. I just love the hue and makes me feel happy:)

Out for Girl's Night!

Out for Girl’s Night!

Are YOU making changes to your life? I’d love to know. I’m planning on sharing food and exercise tips I’ve learned on The Divine Mz M as well. Let’s get out of our cocoons and become the butterflies we are meant to be!

Love, laughter, and shoes –

xo Melanie.

 

It’s The Divine Mz M’s Third Anniversary – Giveaway Time!

Hello lovelies!

Like my new layout? It’s time to change things up!

It’s hard to believe, but I started this blog THREE YEARS AGO today! With all the various beauty and fashion blogs out there, I didn’t really expect many readers to follow me. 130 posts later, I need to thank you for all your positive input, likes, and shares! You inspire me to keep writing about body positivity and self acceptance. I’m a believer in making the most out of life and loving ourselves as we are, today! Thank you for going on this journey with me.

You know what having an anniversary means, right?

It’s GIVEAWAY TIME! Woot!

I thought, what a better way to celebrate than giving away three of my favorite beauty basics for the third anniversary? So, one lucky reader will win:

  1. A Clinique Chubby Lip Balm

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I am obsessed with this lip balm! It’s the perfect hybrid of a lipstick and lip balm. Moisturizing, but not glossy. Looks so natural on the lips!

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Wearing Clinique Chubby Stick in Sheer Berry Pink.

2. And… Loreal’s Butterfly Intenza Mascara!

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Definitely one of my all time favorites. This gives me long, lush lashes without clumps, and removes easily at the end of the day.

This was just some lip stain! Washed out easily!

Makes my eyes pop!

3. To top it off…Rimmel’s HD Glam Eyes.

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Number 27 is my favorite. The palette has the perfect nude/blush shades for an everyday look, and I’ve used the darker brown on my brows. The colors don’t wear out after a few hours, and blend together beautifully!

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So let’s party! Scroll down to the bottom of the page and enter the “Rafflecopter” widget on the right. Be sure to share with your friends! 

This giveaway is open to U.S., Canada, and U.S. Territories only.

Good luck!

Love, laughter, and shoes-

xo, Melanie.

No Tricks Here, Just Treats!

Hello lovelies and Happy Halloween!

Did you overindulge? For me, it wasn’t candy but I’ve been DROOLING over the shoe collection by Gwen Stefani! I stumbled across it at Shoedazzle.com, and I AM OBSESSED!

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I am a big Gwen fan. I would describe her style as “Rebel Chic,” as she takes risks with her look, and yet it always looks refined. Admittedly, I have a huge girl crush on her, as her music, style, and ability to GET EVEN MORE BEAUTIFUL AS SHE AGES! How does she do it?!!

Anyway….the shoes are absolutely fabulous. Totally unique, as Gwen is!

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This one has my name all over it!

It will be mine. Oh yes....

It will be mine. Oh yes….

Gwen, tell me how you stay so freaking gorgeous? Three kids, a busy career, and now you’re single again. I bow to you.

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Always true to who she is!

Always true to who she is!

On another note…yes, I still dress up for Halloween because I am a big kid at heart. This year, the Hubby and I decided to channel Batman villains. He rocked it as Harvey “Two Face” Dent, and I got into the new Harley Quinn look (from the upcoming Suicide Squad). No booty shorts for me, but I did a fun tutu instead!

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Guess what, lovelies! The next post will be The Divine Mz M’s THIRD Anniversary! I’ve got giveaways galore coming your way, so stay tuned!

Love, laughter, and shoes –

xo Melanie.

 

 

You Say It’s My Blogaversary: The Divine Mz M is 1 Year Old!

How time flies…!

One year ago, I was dealing with some severe back pain issues which limited the amount of activity I was comfortable doing.  Creating The Divine Mz M (formerly Curves Rule!) became a way for me to feel like I was still contributing something worthy. I had never blogged before, and I was worried that no one would bother reading anything I had to share.

Flash forward one year, I got my back surgery, the pain is greatly reduced, and The Divine Mz M has over 1,000 followers!

I have followers from all walks of life!

I have followers from all walks of life!

THANK YOU, my dear readers, for reading and sharing my fashion musings, my calls for more acceptance for all sizes, and for commenting on my posts!

As a big thank you, I’m doing a few giveaways over the next couple of months! Here’s the first one (and it’s a doozy!):

My friend Jessica (who lives in Paris – lucky!) is offering a Thirty One Gifts Makeup bag, which I am going to stuff with several sample sized makeup goodies! We’re talking the cool stuff from Birchbox and Ipsy, yo!

Me and Jessica!

Me and Jessica!

Lots of space to hold travel size shampoo & lotion, too!

Lots of space to hold travel size shampoo & lotion, too!

This makeup bag comes in other prints/colors, so if you are the lucky winner, I’ll let you know the choices!

And hey…if you are a Thirty One Gifts fan, or if you would like to get some VERY AFFORDABLE and PERSONALIZED gifts for your friends, check out my Online Party! LOTS of cool bags, totes, cosmetic bags, thermal lunch bags, for under $30!

Again, thank you all! If you’re a blogger, PLEASE leave me your links! Let’s make this next year the biggest year yet!

Love, laughter, and shoes –

xx Melanie,

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These are a Few of My Favorite Things…Everyday Beauty Awards

Hi lovelies!

Do you have a “cannot live without” list of beauty products? I’m sure you do! Every year, InStyle and Allure magazines do a “Best of Beauty” Awards issue, and I thought it was high time I do my own list. These are my picks for “Everyday Beauty.”

Tell me what you think of my picks, and let me know some other products I should give a try!

BEST MASCARA: Revlon Photoready 3D Volume

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This is by far, the BEST mascara for thickening and lengthening. I swear it doubles the length of my lashes! I know Maybelline’s Great Lash is usually king on a lot of “Best Of” lists (and it is good), but this mascara really gives a dramatic look without clumps. Plus, it’s not hard to remove!

BEST CC CREAM: Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream

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For an everyday look, this is a must have! It’s lightweight, looks very natural, hides any redness or blotchiness, and has a SPF 30 to protect the skin. My skin stays hydrated, but doesn’t get oily. With this product, I usually just wear mascara and some lip color, and I look great!

BEST BLUSH: Tie: Cover Girl Instant Cheekbones/ NARS blush in “Orgasm.”

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Both of these blushes rock! The Cover Girl Instant Cheekbones is a wonderful inexpensive blush that comes in several colors, plus the product goes on very evenly and has great staying power throughout the day. Many times I wear the “Peach Perfection” trio on my eyes!

NARS’ “Orgasm” is a true cult classic. The color looks great on any complexion, and I LOVE the shimmery effect. It’s more high end in price, but this is one product that is worth the investment. Whenever I wear it, I look “lit from within;” the celebrity-on-a-red-carpet look!

BEST LIP COLOR/LIPSTICK: Tie: Bonne Bell Lipcolor/Clinique Chubby Stick

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I just discovered Bonne Bell’s Lipcolor lipstick in a clearance basket! For an inexpensive lipstick, this is the best one I’ve found. When I put it on, it hydrates, doesn’t feel “waxy,” and has a subtle shine. I’m hoping Bonne Bell isn’t discontinuing this!

Before I fell in love with Bonne Bell’s Lipcolor, Clinique’s Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Color has been #1 with me. I really like how the color looks natural and feels like a lip balm. It’s surprisingly long lasting, but not drying. Lots of times, I throw it on with nothing else on the face and the color just wakes up my look!

There you have it! My favorite “Everyday Makeup” products. In future posts, I’ll profile favorite skincare, hair, and glamour makeup.

What’s your favorite everyday makeup? Let’s discuss!

Love, laughter, and shoes –

xx Melanie.

 

 

 

 

Fringe, feathers, and fabulous – Rockin Vintage ’20s!

Hello everyone!

It’s National Lipstick Day! I thought I’d celebrate it by showing some terrific looks that friends of mine rocked during a 1920’s themed party! The 1920s was a time of bold lips and eyes, and my friends did the era justice. Check out the gorgeous smoky eyes Oscar did (and that bob is to die for!):

 

She's a modern day Louise Brooks!

She’s a modern day Louise Brooks!

If you love watching runway collections, you probably noticed a lot of fringe, feathers, and midi length skirts. Guess where those trends originated from?

Yep, it was the 1920’s! Lovely Laura works this dress from H &M!

She got this dress for just $20!

She got this dress for just $20!

I decided to do a modern take on the bat sleeve (which was very popular in robe-style dresses). This I picked up in Florence, Italy!

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The gorgeous Victoria does a vampy Theda Bara look: (check out the jet beading!)

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I love Kat’s take on Marlene Dietrich with a bold red lip! If only I could pull off men’s wear this effortlessly!

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Beautiful Sam wore this fantastic lace dress. And guess what, it’s back in style!

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Sam brought this vintage clutch from the 20s. The beading is amazing!

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Great looks never go out of style!

In honor of National Lipstick Day, here is my current favorite brand and shade. Too Faced’s LaCreme in Loganberry. It’s moist, has just enough shine, and doesn’t wear off quickly. Plus I love this color!

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Here's Loganberry on my pucker!

Here’s Loganberry on my pucker!

What’s your favorite colors and brands? Please let me know!

Be sure to enter my “Parisian Giveaway” to win an Eiffel tower necklace! ONLY 2 DAYS LEFT!

Love, laughter, and shoes-

xx Melanie.